Zucchini Hummus

Ingredients
-3 cups zucchini, chopped
-3 garlic cloves (or 1 TBSP garlic powder)
-3 TBSP tahini
-1 TBSP ground flaxseed
-1 TBSP olive oil
-1 tsp cumin
-1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Directions
-Place all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth
-Top with some extra olive oil and cumin, if you like

ENJOY!

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Keeping Your Health Goal Over Any Holiday

There's Halloween, Thanksgiving, December holidays, New Year's, Valentine's Day, St. Patty's Day, Mother's Day Father's Day, July 4th (in the U.S.), Labor Day, etc. and let's not forget about all the spring/summer festivities and celebrations. Except we may also have certain health goals and 'starting over on Monday' eventually feels like more of an excuse. Why not make every day a Monday? Which leads me to your #1 piece of advice.  

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Why Balance Hormones if I'm in/done with Menopause?

They're (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) just not made as much, and then ratios begin to shift where normal values may seem high or low relative to the other hormones. For example, females are born with 6-7 million eggs, yet they only ovulate about 300,000-400,000 throughout their life and that cycle is a balancing act of at least 4-5 different hormones. However, hormones are also made from the adrenal glands, the two glands that sit on top of each kidney, for the rest of our life, and the liver. 

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Ingredients
-1 cup quinoa, dry
-1/2 cup arugula, chopped
-1/4 cup pine nuts
-1 lemon, juiced
-1 large clove of garlic, crushed
-3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
-1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Directions
-Place quinoa in sauce pan with 2 cups water, cover, and boil over low heat for about 15 minutes. Filter out any extra water.
-Pour quinoa into bowl, and mix in arugula, nuts, and lemon juice.
-Top with olive oil and sea salt.

ENJOY!

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Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie

Ingredients
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-1 large handful of organic mixed greens
-1/3 cup organic mixed berries
-2 TBSP ground flaxseed
-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, hemp, cashew, or almond milk
-1 scoop of allergen friendly protein powder
-1 tsp of each: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

Directions
-Blend together

ENJOY!

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Tangy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients
-4 large leaves of organic lettuce
-2 cups of chicken, chopped and cooked
-1 large ripe organic peach, chopped
-1 clementine, peeled, chopped
-1/2 cup organic celery, chopped
-1/2 cup almonds, sliced
-1/4 cup carrots, chopped
-1/8 cup onion, diced
-A few pinches of Himalayan sea salt
-4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

Directions
-Combine chicken, peach, clementine, celery, carrots, almonds, and onion in large bowl.
-Place lettuce leaves on a plate, and spoon mix onto leaves.
-Top each wrap with a tablespoon of olive oil and sea salt

ENJOY!

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A Boatload of Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
-2 sweet potatoes
-1 ripe avocado, diced
-2 tsp fresh lime juice
-1/4 tsp shallot, finely chopped
-2 tsp crushed walnuts

Directions
-Preheat oven to 380 degrees F
-Poke some holes in the sweet potatoes, and place in glass pyrex before putting in oven. Leave for 50 minutes and let cool
-In a medium bowl, add avocado, lime juice, shallots, and walnuts
-Halve sweet potatoes lengthwise and top with mixture

Enjoy!

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Top 3 Worst Hormone Disruptors - Check Your Cabinets... Both Kitchen & Bathroom

Hormones are volatile messengers in our body that can be as easily disrupted as fast as they can be balanced. Common symptoms of hormone imbalance generally include weight gain/inability to lose weight, low libido, mood swings, low energy, insomnia, acne, and night sweats, all or some of which we may experience even when we're convinced that our diet is really healthy. Unfortunately removing obstacles to cure is not always as simple as "eat a few more vegetables and drink more water."

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Are You Consuming These Foods for Hormonal Health?

"We are what we eat", is a popular phrase that acknowledges what we put in, is typically what we're going to get out. Like a car that takes diesel gas is going to have compromised function if it gets filled with regular gas. Same for hormonal health. Our hormones are derived from cholesterol molecules, metabolized and excreted by multiple organs, and optimally produced as long as those other systems are in balance. Furthermore, "we are what we absorb", so if we have gut imbalances or always stressed, for example, we're not going to have optimal digestion. 

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Party Like a (Health) Rockstar

Wow, sometimes it's hard to believe it's December, as many holidays approach, plus anticipating the new New Year, vacation (either travel, or local adventures), finishing any tasks/ meetings/ goals before the New Year, perhaps visiting family and friends, holiday parties (company and personal), and thinking about what we want to achieve in 2017. That's a lot to think about! 
 

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Top 3 Resources for the New Year (and beyond)

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year! This particular time of year is heavy in resolutions, from health to relationships to finances, as we say this is what we want. Except sometimes these goals may seem overwhelming if there isn't any resource or plan set in place to achieve those goals. Or maybe even frustration if they're leftover un- or half accomplished goals from years before. 

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Chickpea Soup

Ingredients
-1/2 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 dry: 1 cup water)
-1 cup water or broth of your choice
-1/4 tsp ground cumin
-1/3 cup thinly sliced swiss chard
-1/4 cup shaved carrots
-1/2 cup canned chickpeas
-1 TBSP cilantro
-a few pinches of Himalayan sea salt

Directions
-Place all ingredients together in pot
-Simmer for about 10-15 minutes

njoy!

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Country Rosemary Olive Walnut 'Bread'

Ingredients
-1/4 cup ground golden flax or brown flax seeds
-1/4 cup ground chia seeds
-1/2 cup almond milk
-1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
-2 cups almond flour (finely ground almond meal)
-1/2 cup black olives (chopped)
-2 TBSP fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
-3/4 cup chopped walnuts
-Optional: basil, chives, oregano, garlic

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More Than Butterfly(ies) In Your Stomach

Your thyroid gland!! Not to worry, no actual butterflies were harmed in this pun/joke. The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in your body, often described as a butterfly as the 'body' is in front, and the 'wings' wrap around the trachea (leads into our lungs, next to our esophagus, and, closed off by the epiglottis when we eat so food doesn't get trapped in our respiratory tract).   

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Top 3 Foods for Hormone Balance

"We are what we eat", is a popular phrase that acknowledges what we put in, is typically what we're going to get out. Like a car that takes diesel gas is going to have compromised function if it gets filled with regular gas. Same for hormonal health. Our hormones are derived from cholesterol molecules, metabolized and excreted by multiple organs, and optimally produced as long as those other systems are in balance. Furthermore, "we are what we absorb", so if we have gut imbalances or always stressed, for example, we're not going to have optimal digestion. 

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Love the Skin You're In

The skin is our largest organ, yet it's one of the easiest organs to abuse! Whether we stay out in the sun too long which places us at risk for skin cancers, use make-up/ beauty products where most of the ingredients look like they came out of a lab (or hormone disrupters), picking and/ or scratching, or living in a big city surrounded by fumes. 

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Thyroid Power Salad

1 cup mixed greens
1/2 cup lightly steamed kale
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 tangerine
1/3 cup sauteed onions & mushroom
5 chopped Brazil nuts
Sprinkle of sesame seeds
Pinch of Himalayan Sea salt

Directions
Drizzle with olive oil

ENJOY!

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Liver-Friendly Detox Salad

Ingredients
-organic mixed greens
-lightly steamed broccoli
-artichokes (if bought frozen, can heat up or let defrost in refrigerator
-avocado
-chopped carrots
-sliced apples
-diced up garlic clove
-olive oil
-pinch of himalayan sea salt

Directions
-Place your desired amounts in bowl, and toss. 

njoy!

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